UP, Laoag dispute last semifinals seat

Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2016 08:28 AM
UP, Laoag dispute last semifinals seat
University of the Philippines and Laoag fight for survival.

University of the Philippines and Laoag go on a collision course on Monday for the right to occupy the last semifinals seat as the 13th V-League Open Conference elimination round comes to a close at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Lady Maroons and Power Smashers battle in the 4:00 p.m. match that will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.

Tied at 3-3 win-loss records, the winner of the match gains the right to face the top seed team in the best-of-three semifinals opening on Wednesday.

Pocari Sweat, Philippine Air Force and BaliPure secured the first three semifinals slots. 

UP survived the first of the squad’s two do-or-die matches by knocking the National University Lady Bulldogs out of contention, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-22, last Saturday. The Lady Maroons with that win notched its first back-to-back wins in the tournament after starting its campaign in a 0-2 hole.  

“Kapit lang ng kapit. Laro lang ng laro hangga’t may chance, sige lang ng sige,” said the Diliman-based squad’s mentor Jerry Yee.

Diana Carlos, who dropped 22 points the last time out, Isa Molde, Kathy Bersola and Justine Dorog are expected to lead the charge for the Lady Maroons against the well-rested Power Smashers.

Laoag is coming off a quick disposal of the Baguio Summer Spikers, 25-18, 25-10, 25-11, last June 18.

The trio of Jovielyn Prado, Jessica Galanza and Mylene Paat will be the Power Smashers’ main weapon to score its first winning streak of the conference.

The survivor of the winner-take-all showdown will face the winner in the 6:00 p.m. match between Pocari Sweat and Air Force in the semis.






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